Worship Service for July 5, 2020

Worship Service (at home)

July 5, 2020 (during the season of COVID-19 Virus Quarantine)

Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA


July 5, 2020 Order of Worship

((Prepare for worship. As a part of our July 4th weekend, we honor our United States and give thanks for our freedom. Today we celebrate Holy Communion. Please gather bread (or cracker) and juice for this time. Open your heart to the presence of God. Collect your bible so that you can follow along with the scripture passage.)

PRELUDE “America the Beautiful” – Mark Hayes

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CALL TO WORSHIP
L: Something new is stirring in our church, O Lord.
P: A different voice comes to us.
L: Make us ready to receive this new Word
P: Open our hearts and renew our spirits.
L: Let us be the voice of welcome, the spirit of joy.
P: Let us be those who bring the life-giving waters to others. AMEN.

OPENING PRAYER
Lord of hope, when the dark clouds assail, you ask us to bear the light of your love and truth. When fears seem to immobilize us, you give us courage and strength to bear your witness. We thank you for your call to us. We praise you for your sustaining love for us. We honor you with our lives and our service to you; for it is in Christ’s Name, we offer this prayer. AMEN.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Patient God, each and every day you offer to us new hope and special blessings. From the rising of the sun to its descent, the light of your love pours on your creation. We love all these things, but we want to hold onto each of your blessings just for ourselves. Teach us to share openly and willingly with others. Forgive our selfishness and turn it to selflessness in service to you. Clear our minds and spirits from sadness to a sense of joy and adventure; for we offer this prayer in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Hear the good news! God has again blessed our lives with hope and joy. Be at peace, dear ones, for God is with us. AMEN.

Meditation “Reflection on “America” – Douglas Wagner

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MORNING PRAYER
Gracious God of mercy, we thank you for your presence with us. As we gather in this community to share our faith, we open our hearts to the future of this church. We ask that you make us a blessing Prepare us to serve and celebrate the ministries you place before us. Giver of everlasting life, fill us again with your spirit, for it is in Christ’s name we pray. AMEN.

SCRIPTURE Matthew 10:40-42

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MESSAGE and HOLY COMMUNION
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GIVING OF TITHES AND OFFERING

PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Generous God, you have abundantly blessed each one of us; cause these gifts to be a blessing as they are put to work in your world. AMEN.

BENEDICTION
God of peace and mercy, send us into your world with confident joy. Help us to reach out to others and care for them as you always care for us. AMEN.

POSTLUDE “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” – Mary McDonald

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Rev Susan Halverstadt, Pastor
David Koskey, Director of Music

Faxon-Kenmar UMC is using CCLI Streaming License 3356248 Exp. 3.31.21.

Worship Service for May 31, 2020

Worship Service (at home)

May 31, 2020 (during the season of COVID-19 Virus Quarantine)

Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA


May 31, 2020 Order of Worship

Pentecost Sunday (Prepare for our worship together. Today we celebrate Pentecost-the birthday of the church!  Many gathered together and were filled by the Holy Spirit.  Invite God to come to you today as you ready yourself for worship.  Light your candle or say your prayer and take a deep breath..  Collect your bible for reading scripture.)

PRELUDE “Come, Holy Spirit, God and Lord” – Vulpius/Smith

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CALL TO WORSHIP
L: Come, Holy Spirit. Inspire our hearts with your fiery presence!
P: Let your flame burn within us, stirring us to action.
L: Come, Holy Spirit. Energize our lives to work for God.
P: Let your wind of hope swirl around us, lifting and moving us from complacency.
L: Come, Holy Spirit. Pour your blessing on us.
P: Let your presence challenge us to proclaim God’s presence and love in everything we say and do. AMEN.

OPENING PRAYER

Almighty God, your Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ disciples, hidden in an upper room in Jerusalem. A violent wind and tongues of fire were the symbols of a new thing happening in their lives. May your Holy Spirit burst into our lives today, encouraging and inspiring us to proclaim boldly the good news of Jesus Christ who offers healing and hope to all people. AMEN.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We aren’t ready, Lord. It is easier for us to hide in the upper rooms of our lives, to let the world go by and not acknowledge your presence. But you have challenged us to come alive again with your love and words of healing mercy. Forgive our hesitant witness and our complacent spirits. Heal our fears and our wounds. Help us to be agents of healing and hope for others. Challenge and inspire us to overcome our feelings of inadequacy and remind us that you have called us beloved and have given us what we need to proclaim your Good News. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE 

Don’t be afraid! God’s Holy Spirit brings you healing comfort and hope. You are being prepared to serve God in some mighty ways. Rejoice! God’s Holy Spirit is with you always. AMEN.

SPECIAL MUSIC
“God’s Way of Love” – Schell Performed by Scott Schell

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PASTORAL PRAYER

Knock us off our seats, O Lord, with the wind of your Holy Spirit. Don’t let us just sit back and rest as though nothing important was happening. Remind us that you have come to bless and prepare us for your service. Now is the time of proclamation and celebration! Now is the birth of your church, not as an exercise in futility, but as a dynamic group of people who know you and love you as you know and love each of us. Flame up our hearts! Make us so joyful that we find it difficult to sit back and watch. We want to be part of your healing love and mercy. We want to be people who bear the word that your love for us is eternal; that Jesus Christ, our Savior, proclaimed and taught that love in all that he did and said, modeling for us a new way to live. Pick us up and propel us forward into your world. Help us to remember that you have given to us what we need to be your disciples. We just need to say a resounding “Yes!” to you. Thank you for all the wondrous patience and blessings you pour into our lives each and every day, as we offer our lives back to you in joy and hope. AMEN.

NEW TESTAMENT READING
Acts 2:1-21
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MESSAGE WDJD (What Does Jesus Do series) Part 5: “Jesus Shows” John 7:37-39

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MEDITATION
“Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart” – Atkinson/Larson
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TITHES AND OFFERINGS

(Your gifts may be sent to the church office or you may set up electronic giving through different options).

BENEDICTION
 
God, out of God’s great love, has created you. Jesus Christ, out of his great love, has redeemed you. The Holy Spirit, out of great love, has lifted and inspired you to go in peace and service throughout God’s world, proclaiming the good news of peace, love, hope, and joy to all. Go in peace. AMEN.

POSTLUDE “Let All Who Have Breath Praise the Lord” – Wagner

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Click here to see our congregation celebrating at home in our Pentecost Project!

Rev Susan Halverstadt, Pastor
David Koskey, Director of Music
Scott Schell, Special Music

Faxon-Kenmar UMC is using CCLI Streaming License 3356248 Exp. 3.31.21.

Worship Service for May 24, 2020

Worship Service (at home)

May 24, 2020 (during the season of COVID-19 Virus Quarantine)

Faxon-Kenmar United Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA


May 24, 2020 Order of Worship

Ascension Sunday – Today is Ascension Sunday, the day we recognize Jesus’ ascent into heaven.

(Prepare for our worship together by taking some quiet time before you start listening to the Prelude. Bring your bible to follow along in the scripture readings.)

PRELUDE “If My People’s Hearts Are Humbled” – Page

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CALL TO WORSHIP
Come gather ’round; Jesus is here.
We wait for the coming Spirit.
Come gather ’round; see the power of Christ before you.
With joy, we praise God.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord Jesus Christ, in you we see awesome power.
You triumph over death and bring forth new life.
You stand over all earthly powers.
You are the head of the church.
Yet, we often fail to acknowledge this power in our lives.
We see violence in the world.
We see injustice in our communities.
We see suffering and death of so many who have the COVID-19 virus and are front line workers.
We see hunger and need among our neighbors.
We see longing for something more.
We see failures and faults in our lives.
In all these things, we feel powerless.
Forgive our hesitance to call upon you.
Forgive our propensity to rely upon ourselves.
Forgive our reluctance to acknowledge your power.
Speak your words of power again.
May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
May God give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation,
that the power of Jesus Christ may be visible in your life.
By the grace of Jesus Christ we are forgiven
and empowered to serve.

MEDITATION “Hear My Prayer, O Lord” (Psalm 143) – Lau

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PRAYER– Today we celebrate before the prayer time…Tomorrow is Memorial Day, a day on which we honor the many women and men who died while serving in the U.S. military.

(You are invited to say a prayer for our world, nation, community and families. Take this time to lift anyone up for a joy or concern.)

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

SCRIPTURE Acts 1:6-14. Luke 24:44-53

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MESSAGE WDJD (What Does Jesus Do series) Part 4: “Jesus Prays”

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OFFERING (Your gifts of tithes and offerings may be mailed to the church office, or you may arrange to give to God through electronic giving. Please call the church office to use this option.

SPECIAL MUSIC “My Jesus I Love Thee” – Gordon/Hayes
Piano Duet by David Koskey and Dave Shover

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PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Holy God, we ask for your blessing of these gifts of our lives, service, money and witness. Use our gifts to make a difference in our world. Touch the lives of those we reach. May each person be transformed by You.

BENEDICTION
In the presence of Christ, we have gathered as community in worship.
In the grace of Christ, we leave the sacred time.
May God clothe you with Power on high.
May God put this Power to work in each of us.

POSTLUDE “Alleluia! Alleluia! Let the Holy Anthem Rise” – Beaney

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We look forward to you joining us in celebrating Pentecost in a new way this year!


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Rev Susan Halverstadt, Pastor
David Koskey, Director of Music
Dave Shover, Special Music

Portions of the service are taken from “The Abingdon Worship Annual,” edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © Abingdon Press.

Faxon-Kenmar UMC is using CCLI Streaming License 3356248 Exp. 3.31.21.